GVH Foundation Partners
The mission and vision of Gunnison Valley Health Foundation relies heavily
upon partnerships with a variety of local, state, and national organizations.
We are extremely grateful to all of our partners including:
The Center for Mental Health
The Center for Mental Health is a key partnership in enabling GVH to integrate
a Behavioral Health specialist into our primary care clinic at the Family
Medicine Clinic. In the summer of 2016, GVH hired Lorie Fuller in partnership
with the Center for Mental Health to provide counseling and behavioral
health support to patients.
The Center for Mental Health has been providing behavioral health services
in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel Counties
They are a 501(c)(3) organization and are governed by a board of directors
representative of the area served.
The Center for Mental Health can be found online at
Tough Enough to Wear Pink
Great things are happening at Gunnison Valley Health. We are excited to
announce the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink Breast Care Services”
at GVH. As a result of the generous support of Tough Enough to Wear Pink
(TETWP) and the vision of legendary songwriter Dean Dillon, Gunnison Valley
Health is expanding services so our patients can receive more of the care
they need right here in the Valley. In addition to digital mammography,
patients can receive further detection and diagnosis with ultrasound,
biopsies conducted, and much of their oncology and rehabilitation here
at home, preventing the need to travel to other hospitals.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink has generously donated the major equipment that
makes these expanded services possible. In addition to the digital mammography
machine they donated, TETWP purchased the latest in ultrasound technology
for the health system this year. Following an abnormal mammogram, the
ultrasound technology provides a clearer picture of breast tissue, and
a more accurate diagnosis without delay. In the first month of utilizing
the ultrasound, three women were able to have their mammogram followed
up with ultrasound, giving them a definite answer and relieving concern.
Gunnison Valley Health is investing in this commitment with TETWP. In
the summer of 2014, GVH hired Dr. Stephania Timothy, a general surgeon,
who provides expertise in breast cancer and breast care and prevention.
Dr. Timothy provides medical direction for TETWP Breast Care Services.
GVH is bringing in vacuum assisted and stereotactic technology, which
works with the ultrasound to provide better, more exact tissue sampling
and more accurate pathology reports. Additionally, GVH has purchased a
computer aided system that better detects issues in women with dense breasts.
Mammography alone proves only 50% effective in detecting issues in these
patients. This technology will increase our detection ability for patients
with dense breast tissue, who are twice as likely to develop breast cancer.
In the winter of 2016, GVH hired an Oncology Nurse Navigator to assist
with patients undergoing cancer treatment. The nurse navigator walks alongside
patients and assist in any way possible, from providing information on
financial counseling to helping with scheduling. Part of the funding for
the GVH Oncology Nurse Navigator position has been generously provided by TETWP.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and the equipment they have generously donated,
allows GVH to expand the services we can provide to our patients. The
TETWP Breast Care Services, the GVH Oncology Services and Rehabilitation
Department, together allow us to provide greater health care to our community
in the Gunnison Valley and our visitors. And we will continue to grow!
The goal of the Tough Enough to Wear Pink collaboration with Gunnison
Valley Health, says Dean Dillon, is for GVH to “become the best
small hospital in the country for breast care and breast cancer care.”
Thanks to the generosity of TETWP and the commitment of GVH we are on our way.
Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) generously supports healthcare in the Gunnison Valley by partnering with
GVH to offer financial assistance for mammograms. Residents of Gunnison
and Hinsdale Counties (Lake City) whose doctors have recommended mammograms
can benefit from TETWP assistance.
First, patients must visit their healthcare provider (patients without
a regular health care provider may contact the
Public Health offices, who will refer them to a physician). If the physician determines the
need for a mammogram, he or she will fill out an order (or prescription)
for a mammogram. Patients may then take the order to Patient Financial
Services at Gunnison Valley Health, who will provide vouchers for those in need.
Please note that qualifying for a mammogram or diagnostic breast imaging
service is at the physician’s discretion. Your physician will factor
age, family history, and personal history into his or her decision. Vouchers
will only be given to patients with a doctor's prescription.
In addition to the Center for Mental Health and Tough Enough to Wear Pink,
the GVH Foundation is grateful to the following organizations for their
Gunnison Valley Health Foundation
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-8406 | (970)641-7239 (Fax)